Ratanak Khmer is a small family business established in 2007. Its aim is to improve the living conditions of families in Onteah village, Prey Veng province in Cambodia.
The villagers in Onteah are rice farmers. They are also excellent weavers. With their silk scarves they try to earn an additional income.
Ratanak Khmer is one of the members of the Artisans’ Association of Cambodia. This fair trade organisation supports about fifty initiatives that extend a hand to the most vulnerable people in the country.
Cambodia is listed as one of the poorest countries in the world. This means that in the countryside especially, education levels and production capacity are low, while health care is limited.
Ratanak Khmer provides the artisans in Onteah village with raw silk and looms so they can weave their scarves. The combination of a shiny raw silk weft over a contrasting soft silk warp gives the scarves their exclusive look.
The silks scarves on offer at Counting Flowers are handmade by Sonin, Sonee and Sona, three weavers from the same family.
Take a look at the raw silk scarves of Ratanak Khmer.
Sona Chum is weaving a silk scarf below her family's house
Sonee Chum checks the quality of the silk scarves
Sonin Chum at work
The house of the Chum family
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